A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about some genetics concepts -- CryptoKitty combinations can yield four billion potential variations, according to site -- and get basic description of blockchain technology. They'll also get reading practice, may obtain some money management and math experience when deciding what to deposit or spend funds on. While breeding option offers interesting way to illustrate basic genetics principles, not many other kid-focused learning opportunities; it'd likely be a better idea to teach kids how to budget offline with a small amount of real money.
Site's breeding aspect could spark an interest in biology.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Breeding process doesn't involve any visuals, but some references (such as "OK, give them some privacy") may prompt questions from kids.
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Products & Purchases
Site has a pretty strong spending focus. You need to create a digital wallet and need to spend some money to buy a CryptoKitty to do anything.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that CryptoKitties is a website based around blockchain and digital cats. While there's no inappropriate content to be found, some comments about breeding digital cats could raise questions about what they mean. The site does have a heavy promotion on spending cash; users have to install a digital MetaMask wallet and buy Ether, a digital currency, to put in it. That can be a little tricky to figure out -- and costs real money.
Is It Any Good?
This digital cash site is an interesting concept, but its complexity is better left to tech-savvy users. Because it involves a blockchain structure, CryptoKitties could, in theory, offer kids a chance to see the emerging technology in practice. It could also offer dynamic budgeting experience, or a deeper understanding of the way genetics work. To do that, though, the site would need more educationally based content; aside from a few brief FAQ descriptions, there really isn't any material that delves deep into what blockchain technology involves or the ins and outs of how genetic material is passed from generation to generation. In addition, CryptoKitties' pay-to-play aspect is a pretty big detriment. Until you put some money into a digital wallet, you can't really do much on the site, aside from looking at cats that are available for sale and for breeding. In its early days, the site apparently gave out some free kitties; today, to get started, users need a MetaMask digital wallet and some Ether, a form of digital payment. They'll also need a computer or laptop that can run the desktop version of Chrome or Firefox, the only two browsers CryptoKitties works on. Kids could potentially get a chance while playing to make budgeting decisions, but given that they have to exchange real money for digital currency to breed or buy kitties, that's not a scenario all parents may be comfortable with.
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